Track cyclist John Thorsen showed brilliant form as soon as he joined Shepparton Cycling Club as a junior.
He came under notice when he started winning races at local level and performed well at regional carnivals and at state level.
He won the Victorian and Australian track championships and represented Australia in the team pursuit event at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
His cycling career was cut short following a serious accident with a motor vehicle while training. He became a valuable coach of junior cyclists.